Starting and Maintaining Youth Advisory Boards IN PARTNERSHIP

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Starting and Maintaining Youth Advisory Boards IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Starting and Maintaining Youth Advisory Boards IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

A NATIONAL, GRASSROOTS PROJECT OF FAMILY VOICES CREATED BY YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES FOR YOUTH.

A NATIONAL, GRASSROOTS PROJECT OF FAMILY VOICES CREATED BY YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES FOR YOUTH. 2

Presenters Emily Robinson Hamza Jaka 3

Presenters Emily Robinson Hamza Jaka 3

Part 3: Creating a Foundation for Success 4

Part 3: Creating a Foundation for Success 4

What We Learned BUILDING YOUTH AS SELFADVOCATES 5

What We Learned BUILDING YOUTH AS SELFADVOCATES 5

Today we will explore… • How to establish a youth board. • How to

Today we will explore… • How to establish a youth board. • How to sustain it. • How to keep youth engaged after they age out of service. 6

Establishing Youth Boards 7

Establishing Youth Boards 7

Establish a Mission & Vision KASA Mission Statement Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is

Establish a Mission & Vision KASA Mission Statement Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is created by and for youth with disabilities to educate society about issues concerning us. KASA believes in self-determination, creating support networks and self-advocacy for all youth with disabilities in our society. 8

Establish a Mission & Vision KASA’s Theory of Change By informing youth about their

Establish a Mission & Vision KASA’s Theory of Change By informing youth about their rights, providing peer support and training, and changing systems to include us, we believe that young people with disabilities will have control over their own lives and futures. 9

Establish a Mission & Vision KASA’s Values • We educate others about our issues.

Establish a Mission & Vision KASA’s Values • We educate others about our issues. • We provide and expect equal opportunities. • We focus on disability pride, culture and current issues. • We promote independence and interdependence. • We give and expect respect. • We believe in self-advocacy for youth and young adults with disabilities. • We believe in self-determination. • We believe youth organizations, projects and activities should be youthrun. 10

Create Guidelines 11

Create Guidelines 11

Establish agreements, plans & agendas 12

Establish agreements, plans & agendas 12

Establish partnerships 13

Establish partnerships 13

Organize Meetings 14

Organize Meetings 14

Sustaining Youth Boards o Recruit new members o Develop new member orientation o Create

Sustaining Youth Boards o Recruit new members o Develop new member orientation o Create a succession plan 15

Sustaining Youth Boards o Develop a strategic plan o Establish & maintain website and

Sustaining Youth Boards o Develop a strategic plan o Establish & maintain website and social media o Create a buddy/check in system 16

Hamza’s Story 17

Hamza’s Story 17

Engaging Aged-Out Youth o Create new roles o Develop an alumni association & email

Engaging Aged-Out Youth o Create new roles o Develop an alumni association & email list o Invite alumni to meetings, trainings and retreats 18

Engaging Aged-Out Youth o Consult alumni about organizational changes o Ask for suggestions for

Engaging Aged-Out Youth o Consult alumni about organizational changes o Ask for suggestions for new members o Share their experiences with current members 19

Emily’s Story 20

Emily’s Story 20

Thank You! Emily Robinson: erobinson 2@wvstateu. edu Hamza Jaka: hamzajaka@gmail. com 21

Thank You! Emily Robinson: erobinson [email protected] edu Hamza Jaka: [email protected] com 21

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CONTACT US Kids as Self Advocates fvkasa. org Family Voices familyvoices. org National Center

CONTACT US Kids as Self Advocates fvkasa. org Family Voices familyvoices. org National Center for Family & Professional Partnerships familyvoices. org/ncfpp SPAN Parent Advocacy Network spanadvocacy. org REACH spanadvocacy. org/content/reach-transition-resources-employmentaccess-community-living-and-hope PEAL Center pealcenter. org Vermont Family Network vermontfamilynetwork. org 23